Alan Gardiner, Prof

Alan Gardiner, Prof

Head: Applied Learning & Research Department

“You can only learn when you do something”


Prof. Alan Gardiner as Head of the Applied Learning Unit at the Southern African Wildlife College has many years’ experience in project management. He is an ecologist with twenty four years postdoctoral experience in sustainable utilisation of natural resources, community based natural resource use & environmental impact studies. 

Thirty four years’ experience in the ecology & taxonomy of African lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths) and twenty two years’ experience in the ecology & taxonomy of Southern African Scarabaeinae (Dung Beetles).


  • D.Phil University of Zimbabwe 1995.Thesis title: The Effect of Large Mammalian Herbivore Community Structure on the Composition and Ecological Function of the Coprophagous Scarab Beetle Fauna (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Appointment as Professor Extraordinary, Stellenbosch University 2014 in “The School for Public Leadership”.
  • Bsc (Hons) Rhodes University 1986.
  • Bsc Rhodes University 1985.


  • Kapembwa, S., Gardiner A. Geir Pétursson J. (2020) Small-scale fishing: Income, vulnerability and livelihood strategies at Lake Itezhi-Tezhi, Zambia. Development Southern Africa, DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2020.1746636.
  • Lind, Brianna & Hanan, Niall & C. Gigliotti, Laura & L. Allen, Rachel & McHenry, Alex & Gardiner, Alan. (2018). Termite diversity along a catena in southern Kruger National Park, South Africa. African Journal of Ecology. 10.1111/aje.12569.
  • Gardiner, A.J. & Espeland, M. (2018) A new species of Lepidochrysops Hedicke, 1923 (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Polyommatinae) from Western Zambia. Metamorphosis 29:79-82.
  • Masse, F., Gardiner, A, Lubilo, R. & Themba, M.N. (2017). Exploring the potential and challenges of community-based anti-poaching. SA Crime Quarterly 60:19-27.
  • Gardiner, A.J. (2016) The male of Iolaus (Epamera) malaikae Bayliss et al., 2016 from Mt. Namuli Mozambique. Metamorphosis 27: 78-81.
  • Gardiner, A.J. (2015) The presence of Eurema floricola (Boisduval, 1833) (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) in South Africa. Metamorphosis 26: 80-82.
  • Garvie, O.G., Dobson, J.C.H., Edge, D.A., Gardiner, A.J., Terblanche, R.F.,& Williams, M.C. (2014). Research & conservation plan for the Waterberg Copper (Erikssonia edgei Gardiner & Terblanche, 2010) (Lepidoptera:Lycaenidae) at the Bateleur Nature Reserve. Metamorphosis 25: 100-108.
  • Gardiner, A.J. (2013) The description of a new Erikssonia Trimen (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) species from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Metamorphosis 30 (1): 4-8.
  • Coetzer, A., Gardiner, A.J. (2013). The behavior & life history of Anthene crawshayi juanitae Henning & Henning 1993 (Lepidoptera: lycaenidae). Metamorphosis 24: 35-37.
  • Gardiner, A.J. (2010) Additional butterfly records for Zambia and changes in the taxonomic status of a few species. Metamorphosis 21 (4): 142-155.
  • Gardiner, A.J. (2010) The discovery of a remarkable sex-limited polymorphism in the rare African lycaenid, Cooksonia trimeni Druce (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Lipteninae). Metamorphosis 21 (3): 136-139.
  • Gardiner, A.J. & Terblanche, R.F. (2010b). Taxonomy, biology, biogeography, evolution and conservation of the genus Erikssonia Trimen (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) as an example. African Entomology 18 (1): 171-191.
  • Gardiner, A.J. & Terblanche, R.F. (2010a). A suggested terminology for the groundplan of the lycaenid wing pattern using the genus Erikssonia Trimen (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) as an example. African Entomology 18 (1): 166-170.
  • Gardiner, A.J. (2008) Mopane Worm farming a guide. Department for International Development UK., Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • Gardiner, A.J., Reid, R. & Kiema, S. (2005). Impact of land-use on Butterflies in south western Burkina Faso. African Entomology 13(2): 201-212.
  • Gardiner, A.J. & Gardiner, E.M. (2005) Farming Mopane Worms a household guide. Department for International Development UK.
  • Otto, H.H.H., Gardiner, A.J. & Sharp, I.C. (2013). New larval host plant records for butterflies of the Kruger National Park and its surrounds, Limpopo & Mpumalanga, South Africa. Metamorphosis 24: 69-74.
  • Gardiner, A.J. (2005) New species of Lepidochrysops Hedicke (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from north-western Zambia. Metamorphosis. 15 (4):156-164.
  • Gardiner, A.J. (2003). New species of Lepidochrysops Hedicke (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from north-western Zambia. Metamorphosis (1): 15-32.
  • Gardiner, A.J. & Niemeyer, E.M. (2003) Edible Insects, Part 1: Preparation of species from Mushumbi Pools, Zimbabwe. African Entomology 11(1):125-127.
  • Timberlake, J.R., F.P.D. Cotterill, P.J. Mundy, D.G. Broadley, B. Marshall, A.J. Gardiner & M. Fitzpatrick. 2001. The Miombo Ecoregion: Areas of Biological Importance. BFA Occassional Publications in Biodiversity No. 21, Bulawayo.